Spain: Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament, calls new elections

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the dissolution of the Catalan parliament at a press conference in Madrid on Friday. The announcement comes after the region's legislature passed a motion earlier in the day to declare independence from Spain. Rajoy, who also announced the dismissal of the Catalan president, said the measures were being implmented in order «to respond to the... Еще decision that seeks to impose an inadmissible kidnapping of the Catalans and the theft of part of their territory from the Spanish people.» Rajoy also called for snap parliamentary elections in Catalonia on December 21.

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